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Grateful Dead Live at The Palladium on 1977-05-03

Set 1

The Promised Land
Me And My Uncle
Jack Straw
Row Jimmy
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Good Lovin'
Ship Of Fools
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2

Might As Well
Estimated Prophet
Samson And Delilah
Friend Of The Devil
Eyes Of The World ->
Space ->
Wharf Rat ->
Drums ->
Not Fade Away ->
Around And Around

Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Palladium
Location New York, NY

Source udience 1st Row Loge Sony ECM XXX > Sony TCD5 X> MAC Mics spaced 30ft.
Lineage MAC > Nakamichi DR-1 (deck Guitar Tuned) > Grace Design Lunatec V3 > s/pdif > Tascam HD-P2 > WAV
Taped by Barry Glassberg
Transferred by A. Egert and D. McCabe


Mastering Notes:

This Glassberg source does not circulate... until now.

But the Glassberg master cassettes have speed issues and run slow. The two other sources for this show do not run at the same speed either. The Glassberg show runs 2.6% slower than the Moore source [gd77-05-03.moore.minches.17954.sbeok.shnf]. And the first set only soundboard [gd77-05-03.set1-sbd.miller.21646.sbeok.shnf] runs faster than the Moore source. We chose to use the Moore source for patches because it sounded the right "A" pitch compared to a guitar tuned, and since the Moore source was also recorded up in the front row balcony right next to Glassberg, it was a better patch source in overall sound.

We matched the pitch by adjusting the Nakamichi playback speed - literally opening up the deck and adjusting the internal playback screws. We initially tried to alter the speed of the original 24-bit transfer with various software plugins, and found the digital spped/pitch change was not acceptable. We tried three different "high-end" plugins that will go nameless because they all sounded horrible and added swirling artifacts. By changing the playback speed BEFORE the A/D sounded the best. Yes... many hours were spent on this comparing. This show deserves it. Enjoy!

1: The very end of Peggy-o is clipped and missing.
2: End of Row Jimmy [10:31 to end] patched with gd77-05-03.moore.minches.17954.sbeok.shnf
3. Tape change during crowd between Estimated and Sugaree was fixed with crossfade
4. Tape change during crowd between Sugaree and Samson was fixed with crossfade
5: Tape change during crowd between FOTD and Eyes was fixed with crossfade
6: 6 secs of Around & Around [3:34 - 3:50] patched with gd77-05-03.moore.minches.17954.sbeok.shnf [which was slightly eq'd to best match Glassberg source, but you can still hear the transition].

Mastering Software Info:
Bias Peak Pro 5.2 / Audiofile Engineering Wave Editor 1.3 / Izotope Ozone 3.0 / xACT 1.59
Audiofile Engineering Sample Manager 3.0.8 for +mbit dithering


Reviewer: caspersvapors - - May 14, 2012
Subject: fantastic aud
this might be the best aud recording of May 77. Garcias tone is so sweet. Peggy-O is sooo good.
Reviewer: cd bodhi - - May 3, 2012
Subject: What a warm, wonderful aud.
Want to know what it was like at a May '77 Dead show? This will put you right there. Listen to the crowd roar when Jerry steps up to the mic and belts out the last line of Promised Land. And we keep it up - right through a great post-Pig Good Lovin', monster Sugaree, surprising Around & Around and very sweet UJB encore.
Damn, was it 35 years ago?
Reviewer: aybesea69 - - October 29, 2011
Subject: Brilliant Show / Brilliant Recording
Barry + MOTB take on an outstanding show with superlative results. Just a fantastic listen!
Reviewer: njpg - - May 4, 2011
Subject: A terrific recording of a very good show
Of all the recordings of this show posted to date, this is by far my favorite, and the trouble taken to spruce it up (see the notes) is justified by the quality of the show, amply. Late 70's shows are a mixed bag for me--some of the best and worst, and I do not share many Deadheads' unflagging enthusiasm for '77. I haven't listened to all of fabled May '77, but this show is definitely a hot one, with Garcia & Godchaux as on as I could ask for; even Donna Jean is singing beautifully on key, a rare treat for a head who generally feels that she tied the '70s in a burlap sack & drowned them in a river.
Reviewer: Shlotzkin - - January 11, 2011
Subject: Greatness
Entire show is pure magic
Reviewer: thebone - - April 27, 2009
Subject: May of '77 Gem
Nothing more need be said, except that Sugaree is amazing!!! I would take a Barry G. AUD over a SBD any day of the week.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - - April 1, 2009
Subject: Great recording, hot show
This recording is the SH! performance, great stereo balcony recording, Phil's bass is strong in the mix, just like the soundboards of this era. It sounds like you are inside the Palladium watching the show. We hear a lot of Betty Boards from May '77, but is rare to hear a well-recorded audience tape of May '77.
Reviewer: grendelschoice - - March 31, 2009
Subject: I do say ROW
Please to check out the outstanding ROW JIMMY in this overall fine show (what else would you expect from May '77?). Next night is better, but there are great gems in this show.

5-star performance, 4 star-recording. Sorry, but I'm a SBD snob, and as good as this AUD is, it doesn't quite deliver the necessary 5-star punch. Helluva good show though, and don't forget that Jimmy...Garcia's 2nd bridge break heading into the "broken heart don't feel so bad" verse is worth the price of admission.
Reviewer: MaLaCoiD - - September 22, 2008
Subject: Impressive Editing Work
I listened to this while working, and didn't notice any flaws. This sounds excellent- great job with the engineering. Thank you for the source.
Reviewer: pnc - - September 21, 2008
Subject: This is good...
Nice aud for sure. Great playing (which perhaps, given the date, is redundant). First Jack Straw in 2.5 years; the crowd is psyched to hear it.

Well worth the DL, imho.
Reviewer: Bzl - - September 21, 2008
Subject: Hot show and great sound
Listening to this with a nice headphone setup puts you back in the Palladium.

Thanks to the motb folks for all the hard work on this!
Reviewer: velociraptor - - July 17, 2008
Subject: nice, just nice
I caught a couple of these shows. I remember when they broke into the Other One (not this night) Phil, Jerry and Bob were all facing each other in a circle jamming. What ever happened to that? Later on in their careers, Jerry would take one side of the stage and Phil would be way over on the other, no communication ... things definitely changed on the scene.

Once again a hearty thank you to all the efforts by the MOTB crew for their meticulous attention to detail.
Reviewer: liberty1 - - March 25, 2008
Subject: 5 stars
great sugaree.great end jam,eyes>wharf>nfa>around.just when you think you heard everything something else pops up & kicks you in the ass.that's one reason why we love this band so much don't we.thank you mr glassberg for another fine recording.
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Source: DTS-Audio-CD 5.1 Mix; SBD (shnid=11362) Unknown Gen Cassette>CD; Benefit for Vietnam Veterans with guests; See info file for details; Seeded to etree by Jim Skinner + AUD1 (shn id 87547) 2nd Gen Cassette; Sennheiser 441s > Sony D5 Taper: unknown
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Source: Master Audience Recorded By Mr. Darby; AKGC451EB/CK1's (DIN/DFC/First Row Of OTS/6 Feet High)> Whirlwind Phantoms>Sony TC-D5M,Tapes Set 1 Maxell MX-s,Set 2 Maxell MX; Transfer Information:Tascam 112 MKII (XLR Out)>Tascam HD-P2 @ 24/48> HDD>Amadeus Pro (Tracking/Fades/FLAC8); Tracks Renamed/Dithered/Flacked With Korg Aqua To 16/44 By Keo; SBE's Checked/Fixed With Trader's Little Helper; Metadata Tagging With AudioGate Software
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Source: DTS-Audio-CD 5.1 Mix; SBD (shn id 90102) Pre-FM > DAT > CD > EAC > CD > EAC > FLAC; Both EAC steps were done twice with correct setting to ensure accurate rips. Final EAC and FLAC conversion done by Bob Abrams, 2/21/08. + AUD1 (shn id 116141) Recorded by "Da Weez" Transferred and mastered to .wav files by D5scott source: 2 Neumann KMF4 microphones > Sony TC-D5M - analog master cassettes
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Source: (Sennheiser 421s + Nakamichi 300 shotguns > Yamaha mixer > Sony D5 (Dolby B)) > MAC
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Source: Nakamichi CM-300 (CP-1) x2 > Cassette Master (Marantz Superscope CD320/Maxell UDXLII)
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Source: Nakamichi CM-300 x2 > Cassette Master (Sony TCD5M/Maxell MX 90)
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Source: Nakamichi CM-300's with CP-4 shotgun capsules > Casio DA-7 > Sony DG-Dat tape. Mics on 7-foot stand in OTS.
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Source: source: (3)audio technica atm11 fob> optimus> d-5; conversion: sony tc we435>sony pcm m-10 24bit/96khz> soundforge> cdwave> traders little helper encoding option 8; conversion rate: 96000/24 bit